Chicago Heights, IL—(ENEWSPF)— The Prairie State College Annual Student Exhibit/Photographer of the Year features selected works by students in fine arts, photography, and graphic communications. The show opens Wednesday, September 3, with a reception in the Christopher Art Gallery from 12 noon to 2 p.m. The gallery is located on the college’s main campus, 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights.
The exhibit also honors the college’s Photographer of the Year, Krystal King. The Photographer of the Year award is given annually to an outstanding photography student. The student receives top billing at the annual student show and a $1,500 scholarship.
“Photography has been a wonderful discovery in my life,” said King, a resident of Homewood. “The mission of my photography is to introduce women and men to their beauty. It is a great honor to be able to take any individual and make them feel uniquely beautiful.”
Don Kouba, professor of photography, started the Photographer of the Year award 25 years ago to honor an outstanding photography student. In judging the portfolio for this year’s Photographer of the Year, the panel felt that King’s work was some of the strongest they had seen submitted in the recent years.
Kouba said, “Krystal King’s work with the human form portrays a sense of visual maturity that is not typically seen from young artists. The approach of her work was so clear and directed by her theme of what constitutes real beauty, that the images seemed to pour from her like a fine wine. Her intimate photographs transcend the subject, while challenging the viewer’s thoughts and feelings of comparative inadequacy toward the industry’s standards of cultural and physical beauty.”
Other student artists featured in the exhibit are Kevin Stuart and Zachary Sala, of Beecher; Robert Jamison, of Chicago; James Alejandro, Miriam Meade, Blanca Martinez, Lisa Galea, and Eric Marshall, of Chicago Heights; Elnora McDaniel, Katie Narcisi, Celeste Miller, Ryan Niksic, and Ryan Meder, of Crete; Steve Surma, of Glenwood; Kerri Swiatnicki, Candy Fassnacht, Armand Salin, and Tayler Lenoir, of Homewood; Maureen Rinella, of Flossmoor; Maury Hodge, of Olympia Fields; Debbie Pieszka and Christina Reyenga, of Monee; David Horton, Pamela Wickliffe, and Johann Allen, of Park Forest; Alison Libles and Solomon Tabi, of Richton Park; Hannah Swidergal, of Sauk Village; Lena Torres, of South Chicago Heights; Michelle O’Sha, of Steger; Krista Glidewell, of Cedar Lake, Ind.; and Darryl White, of Gary, Ind.
The exhibit runs through October 1. Hours for the Christopher Art Gallery are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Visits may also be made by appointment. For more information about the exhibit, or to make an appointment for a visit, contact the Prairie State College Foundation at (708) 709-3636.